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CSD-5 AND THE 1997 SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The CSD will devote its intersessional working group meeting, scheduled for 24 February - 7 March 1997, to preparations for the UNGA Special Session for an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21. CSD-5 is scheduled for 7-25 April 1997 in New York. The Special Session is expected to convene from 9-13 June 1997. For more information, contact Andrey Vasilyev, UN Division for Sustainable Development, tel: +1-212-963-5949; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: vasilyev@un.org.

CSD AD HOC INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON FORESTS (IPF): The IPF will hold its third session from 9-20 September 1996 in Geneva and hold its fourth session in early 1997 in New York. For more information, contact Elizabeth Barsk- Rundquist, tel: +1-212-963-3263; fax: +1-212-963-1795; e-mail: barsk-rundquist@un.org. For more information on the IPF and its intersessional activities, see Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 13 No. 14 or go to the UN Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD) homepage at http://www.un.org/DPCSD and the Tree Link Time Page at http://webonu.fastnet.ch on the Internet.

INTERSESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: During the coming months individual governments and non-governmental organizations will host meetings and workshops to contribute to the work of CSD-5. During CSD-4, the following governments announced plans to host intersessional meetings:

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